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Common Flicker

Flicker in a box
What is this looking out of my box?

While out backpacking . . . . I wanted to continue my post with this woodpecker who I found inspecting my Screech Owl box on Friday!! Of course every year the only thing that uses the box is European Starling (which I always need to evict)!! Maybe this will be the year for the Flicker??

Yellow-shafted Flicker
Well hello Mr. Woodpecker!

This male Common Flicker had inspected every corner of this box and I would love if the box passed the Flicker inspection!! Just maybe I will have some baby Flicker babies in my yard here soon?

Common Flicker
Please Return Mr. Woodpecker!!


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25 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    OMG…this would be fantastic. Flicker is my favorite woodpecker. I will be anxious to see if you get a family of them in your box. You lucky man. Keep us posted.

    P.S. We had a Lark Sparrow in our garden today. You talk about fantastic. I was so excited. They nest in our county in a few places but I would never have thought that one would drop by on their way to their nesting grounds.

    19 April 2008 at 8:13 pm

  2. Such fun photos of the flicker doing a little house hunting. Do let us know if he closes the deal.

    19 April 2008 at 8:46 pm

  3. That’s cool seeing the flicker inspect the house just like anyone looking for a home in which to live =)

    19 April 2008 at 10:03 pm

  4. Please send a few to me if you have babies? Watching birds check out nesting boxes is so entertaining. I just love it.

    19 April 2008 at 10:30 pm

  5. What a great find! I hope your flicker stays, keep us updated!

    19 April 2008 at 11:22 pm

  6. Hope an SO doesn’t try to evict the Flickers.
    Burp.
    Sorry….just playing raptor-advocate here.

    : )

    20 April 2008 at 12:36 am

  7. I hope he liked your offering. That would be a wonderful use for that box!

    20 April 2008 at 12:43 am

  8. Wow! I had no idea that they would use a box! Cool photo!

    20 April 2008 at 5:27 am

  9. Ohhh, I hope you have some baby Flickers, Tom! What cool photos you would take!

    20 April 2008 at 7:48 am

  10. That would be wonderful if they used the box. I can imagine the pics you would show us if they do.

    20 April 2008 at 7:49 am

  11. Oh wow! That would be soooo cool. I can’t even imagine what baby Flickers look like! We’ll keep our fingers crossed with you Tom.

    20 April 2008 at 7:56 am

  12. Nice photos, and lucky you. Baby flickers are such fun to watch.

    20 April 2008 at 8:38 am

  13. I don’t know why they call it common–I do not see common flickers at our place but I know they are supposed to be around. That’s great that you have one inspecting your owl box.

    20 April 2008 at 10:59 am

  14. How nice would that be to have a nest box full of Flickers. Good Luck! Do you have the directions to make the nest box?

    Peter from It’s About the Journey

    20 April 2008 at 1:04 pm

  15. I love flickers. They’re a pretty rare sight down here. Thanks for sharing yours. 🙂

    20 April 2008 at 2:10 pm

  16. Oh…I hope your Flicker decides to stay! They are such a gorgeous bird that we don’t often see up close. I bet the babies would be neat to watch!

    20 April 2008 at 2:15 pm

  17. I do hope your box passed inspection. I would so love to see some baby Flickers.

    20 April 2008 at 2:56 pm

  18. Mel

    That would be so cool!!!
    Good luck!!

    20 April 2008 at 3:00 pm

  19. @ Lisa – thanks and would be great if they do use the box! Congrats on the Lark Sparrow!
    @ KGMom – Just checking out the local houses! Everyone here will be the first to know!
    @ Rondi – It was checking out every corner of the house!
    @ Mary – Sure thing . . . thanks
    @ Chicago – I hope so also!
    @ Susan – The owls can have my starlings but it would be a story if they are kicked out by the Screech Owls!
    @ Liza – I would be ecstatic if they used it!
    @ threecollie – They do . . . wish I had more chips in it though!
    @ Pam – That would be great! I hope so!
    @ Toni – Sure would and would be a plus on here when I would band them!
    @ Jayne – Thanks and all I can say is “must be cute”!
    @ Wren – They have not picked the box yet! But do have a few other boxes in the area that they can choose from!
    @ Joan – I like the Yellow-shafted Flicker name better to be honest! Thanks
    @ Peter – It would be!
    @ Lana – Thanks and hope it happens!
    @ Bird Girl – they are and the babies would be cute!
    @ Trixie – I need to do some flicker improvements if they don’t pick it! Only wish I could get some feed back from them!!
    @ Mel – Thanks!

    20 April 2008 at 8:54 pm

  20. Marg

    Oh, Oh fingers crossed that he comes back!

    20 April 2008 at 8:59 pm

  21. Maybe put up a “welcome flicker” sign?? Oh I hope he chooses your nestbox!!

    20 April 2008 at 9:20 pm

  22. Hope it stays – I’d love to see some baby flicker photos!

    21 April 2008 at 10:40 am

  23. Flickers are such beautiful birds. I recently have been spotting a lot of them. I was used to the ones I saw out west and am amazed at the pretty yellow color under the wings of the ones out here. I hope you get baby flickers. It would be so cute to see.

    21 April 2008 at 5:05 pm

  24. That would be really cool!!

    22 April 2008 at 1:05 am

  25. Is that birdhouse attached to a utility pole? Our power company here discourages that even though I have a couple in my yard that I would love to attach kestrel boxes to.

    28 April 2008 at 2:41 pm

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